This week on Chris Harris on Cars, Chris does double presenting duty, with his pointed commentary on the sports cars at the Geneva Motor Show and driving sideways in a highly-fortified German luxury product. It's a two-for-one sale.
The Ford Focus ST may not be a true "RS"-grade hatchback, but it does come close in spec (and for once, we get it in the U.S.). But is the ST enough to show up the latest overseas-only hot-hatch competition?
Remember when Chris Harris drag-raced a Porsche 911 GT2 against a Ducati 1199 Panigale? Rewatch that (spoiler: the Duc blew away the Porsche to 130 mph). But can the Porsche regain ground by 200 mph? Watch and find out.
The Europeans pretty much invented the premium hot hatchback, and they still hoard them like Galaxy Bars and Wine Gums. Still, it's always the things we can't get that make us the most hot and bothered, which is why seeing the Audi RS3 face down the BMW M135i gives us perverse pleasure.
There's no denying the Porsche 918 Spyder is a devastating piece of motoring machinery. In pre-production form, it can hit 93 mph in all-electric mode, then, race mode engaged, scream off in a 580 hp V8 huff. But what's it like to ride in?
The Porsche 962 is one of the most storied of the company's many storied racecars. In 1987, wearing Rothman's livery, the 962 won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, giving Porsche its record seventh consecutive victory. But, what's that monster like to drive? Let's find out.
It seems we've been talking about diesels a lot this week, and there's none more controversial than the Porsche Panamera. A large, oil-fired sedan wearing the seal of the stud farm of "stuotgarten"? The mind absolutely boggles.
The Mazda MX-5 is a car that, in some circles — including this one — has reached sainted status. it's the mother-car, the "answer to every Question of the Day," as some say, the only pure sports car for the middle class built in the past two decades. Or so you might believe.
Car lovers of a certain age mark time in two epochs: Before the AMG Hammer and after they'd read about it in Road and Driver, Car and Key, Dynamite, Modern Maturity or Tops in the Bronx. It seemed everyone was talking about the Hammer back then.
Remember when Chris Harris wrote his tell-all screed outlining precisely How Ferrari Spins? Well, he wanted access to a Ferrari again, so he did what any other Maranello-blackballed auto journo with a well-managed awesome-car fund might do: He bought a 599.
Of course, you know by now the Toyobaru/Scion FR-S is the second coming of every svelte speeder that ever slew a sports-car circuit sideways on a Sunday. You know that because, well, it is. But how does it fare on the goosepimples-per-dollar scale?
In 1997, RAF Wing Commander Andy Green piloted the twin-jet-powered Thrust SSC to 763 mph to nab the land-speed record. Today, he's racing a Suzuki Hayabusa-powered Radical SR3 in a race at Brands Hatch. I wonder which one of those things is easier?
Yes, I'm wearing a Kangol fishing hat for protection, just in case Chris Harris goes off course while drifting a Cadillac CTS-V wagon around me, while talking on the phone with Jalopnik editor-in-chief, Matt Hardigree. Too much time on our hands, some say.
The BAC Mono is a carbon-bodied piece of motoring sculpture, created with the innards of a Formula 3 car: 1190.5-lb, 280hp. The handling is astonishing, even in the wet, as Chris Harris found out recently at Rockingham UK.
"There's only so much talking you can do in the presence of a car like this," Chris Harris says in his latest video — the one in which he drives the Pagani Huayra in Italy.
We share a common language, a deep pop-cultural connection and the stormy heritage of two petulant brothers, but Yanks and Brits don't always see eye-to-eye on cars. No doubt we've got a lot invested in mega horsepower machines that can devour ribbons of interstate. But can we build sports cars a European could love?
The B5 Audi RS4 had a bi-turbocharged 2.7-liter six producing 381 horsepower. The B7 Audi RS4 had a 4.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 producing 420 horsepower. The B8 Audi RS4 has a naturally aspirated 4.2-liter V8 producing 450 horsepower. But is that the whole story? No, it is not.
Chris Harris was looking for cheap oversteer. So he and his mates procured a BMW 325i rally car. This video chronicles their first gravel test day, which as you'll see, was a shambles thanks to a clapped-out Range Rover and a dodgy trailer.
The Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen, or G-Wagen, has been sold to civilian buyers since 1979. The AMG version debuted 20 years later, pairing the rugged overland vehicle with a 5.4-liter supercharged V8. A decade later, its successor, the 6.2-liter G63, was rumored to be on the chopping block. Nope.